The most ridiculous patent application ever
I don't know if anyone's ever compiled a list of the most ridiculous patent applications, but if there is then this one from IBM has to go near the top of the list: http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220040010790%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20040010790&RS=DN/20040010790
Here's a tiny URL instead:
It falls at the first hurdle, a patent should never be granted for a specific application implemented in a particular way. This would be like patenting a process for producing bottle caps naming the manufacturer of the steel press used to form the cap.
My view is that this is a model example of how IBM is trying to get control over the industry.
From what I understand, they have patented the MVC approach as implemented for JSPs.
What has standing up in court got to do with anything? Software Patents are purely and only a method for aggressively tying up smaller competitors in expensive legal wranglings.
"My view is that this is a model example of how IBM is trying to get control over the industry."
If it makes you feel any better - IBM argued *against * software patents in Europe. I suspect that IBM views its patents as defensive.
A cynic writes
"Very silly. This would never stand up in court"
Just me (Sir to you)
> "My view is that this is a model example of how IBM is trying to get control over the industry."
Cause the Indian guys I've worked with are pretty fun guys and never mind to go out for a pint after work. What is the problem with white people anyway.
Never mind, I'm a tard.
Actually what you said wasn't that funny, you needed those [sarcasm] tags that were talked about in a previous post.
Reading the abstract, everything is specific regarding the use of Java technologies.
Oh well, whatever, nevermind...
Dennis, I think the guys you were having a beer with were laughing AT you, not WITH you.
Sorry, you dudes are just proving my point!
Dennis, I agree that techheads are boring, but that doesn't make your "joke" funny...
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